Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Designer of Gord Downie's Suits Raises Money with Keychains Built from Leftovers

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Designer of Gord Downie's Suits Raises Money with Keychains Built from Leftovers

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Designer's Downie-inspired keychains sell out

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TORONTO - Keychains made from scraps of leather used to tailor Gord Downie's eye-catching metallic suits were a hot item online Friday.

In several hours the limited-edition keychains from fashion designer Izzy Camilleri had sold out on a website raising money for brain cancer research.

Camilleri, who created Downie's look on the Tragically Hip's "Man Machine Poem" tour, came up with the idea to give fans a souvenir of the singer's iconic look.

After the Hip's final Kingston, Ont., tour stop in August she says there was extra leather from Downie's seven suit designs, originally meant for minor repairs and alterations.

She repurposed the leftovers into 1,000 keychains shaped like guitars and embossed them with #courageforgord.

Each was selling for $25 on the CourageForGord.org website with proceeds going to the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital.

The seven outfits were each named after someone Downie considered instrumental in helping him prepare for the tour. …

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